David Mellor is the founder and Course Director of Audio Masterclass currently residing in the beautiful countryside of Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. He has worked in audio education since 1986 in hands-on training, lectures and online. Mr. Mellor holds the degree of B.Mus (Tonmeister) from the University of Surrey where he studied music, piano performance, acoustics, electronics, electro-acoustics and recording.
Live Sound and Recording Engineer
Mr. Mellor worked as theatre sound engineer at London's Royal Opera House, with activities including sound design, front-of-house operation, stage monitoring and electronic design satisfying the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Mr. Mellor toured with the Royal Opera Company to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, USA; the Odeon of Herod Atticus, Athens, Greece; the Sejong Center, Seoul, South Korea; the Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan.
Musician and Composer
Since 1985 Mr. Mellor has had more than 1000 works published in the field of production music, including the Chappell and Carlin music libraries (now combined into Universal Publishing Production Music) and his own music library for which he has produced seventeen compact discs. Notable uses of his music include the BBC's Horizon, Fahrenheit 911, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Writer and Educator
Mr. Mellor has been actively involved in Audio Education since 1986, teaching students of City of Westminster College and Westminster University, and also returning to lecture at Surrey University. He has also written for magazines including Sound on Sound, Audio Media, Studio Sound, Sound & Video Contractor. He has also written four books on audio and video technology. Mr. Mellor now specializes in online audio education and has been Course Director of Audio Masterclass since 2001.
Music Production and Sound Engineering (Fully Assessed and Certificated)
The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course starts with studio setup and a basic recording of speech. It continues through microphone selection and placement, through equalization, compression and effects, all the way to final mix and master. The course concludes with making an industry-standard CD or DVD showreel to promote your professional career.
You can study the Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course online or by downloading all of the course materials to your own computer. The course can be completed in 12 weeks, or you can spread it out over up to two years if you wish. You can work on the course at any time you choose, and take breaks whenever you like.
Audio Examples Library
The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course centers around the 1000+ file Audio Examples Library. Module by module, we will ask you to load these files into your digital audio workstation and listen carefully on your studio monitors, or monitoring-grade headphones. The course will show you exactly what you should be listening out for. Stage-by-stage the course will tune in your ears to the sounds of pro audio, all the way from basic sine waves to full mixes and masters.
Practical Assignments Projects
The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course is all about doing audio, in your own home recording studio. You can't learn just from reading, or watching videos. You have to get involved and make recordings. Each of the modules of the course has a Practical Assignment Project in which we will ask you to carry out elements of audio skills, from basic to advanced. We'll show you what to do, then ask you to do it. We're looking for precision, and no faults. But the projects also leave room for you to develop your full range of skills.
The course manual contains all of the technical knowledge you will need as a recording engineer or music producer. We've put in everything you need, and we have included special sections with more in-depth knowledge, if that's what you want. But we won't overload you with information that a working professional wouldn't need or want. The Course Manual is extensive, and at the same time concise and to-the-point. You'll find yourself dipping into it every day as you work on the practical assignments.
Your course will include multimedia enhancement content consisting of audio and video material made by Audio Masterclass at London's Abbey Road studios, famous for being where The Beatles recorded. You can load the audio material, recorded in 24-bit/96-kHz 'Studio Master' quality, into your digital audio workstation for precise auditioning. The accompanying videos show exactly how the recordings were made.
The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course leads to the creation of your own industry-standard Showreel. Everyone who works in the entertainment or media industry and has an ambition to get ahead keeps a showreel of their best work. When they want to move on in their career, they can use it to demonstrate very effectively what they can do. When you first start out, you won't have any professional material to put in your showreel. But we'll help you put together the very best showreel you can and make a great impression on any industry professional you choose to contact.
This course is assessed by Audio Masterclass on your practical assignment work, submitted online. You will receive grading on your work and detailed advice on how to improve. Resubmissions are accepted.
While it is true that no certificate can guarantee a job or freelance success in audio, you'll want something that rewards your achievement when you complete the course successfully. When you have completed the course successfully we will send you your Audio Masterclass certificate anywhere in the world by regular mail.
What are the requirements for this course?
- Up-to-date computer with a broadband Internet connection, CD writer and digital audio workstation software
- Microphone equivalent to or better than the Shure SM57 (two microphones are preferred in order to be able to make stereo recordings)
- Audio interface
- Loudspeaker or headphone monitoring
- The existing ability to record, edit and mix, and to bounce to a stereo audio file
- The existing ability to sing or play a musical instrument of any kind, or have a singer or musician with whom to practise your recording skills
What will I get with this course?
- Over 1000 audio example files
- 500-page+ course manual
- 300 quiz questions
- Answers to quiz questions
- 12 practical assignment projects
- Notes and audio examples on the practical assignment projects
- Showreel guidance
- Bonus multimedia and video content
- Option to submit your showreel to achieve an Audio Masterclass certificate
- Learn how to record speech, singing and instruments of all kinds
- Learn how to record choirs and groups of instruments
- Select and position microphones for mono and stereo
- Select and operate microphone preamplifiers
- Apply equalization, compression, reverb and effects
- Mix and master your recordings
- Achieve the ability to satisfy demanding industry clients
- Assessment and grading of your practical assignment work
- Audio Masterclass certificate on successful completion
Who should take this course?
- Any home recording studio owner who wants to achieve a professional standard in their work
- Composers who wish to work with modern technology
- Songwriters who want to record their own songs and backing tracks
- Anyone with an ambition to enter the music industry as a producer or engineer
- Anyone with an ambition to work in the live sound or broadcast industry
- If you want to be able to record, mix and master to a standard equal to that of a commercial release